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  1. FDOT considers transit, other options for improving Fowler Avenue in USF area

    Transportation

    TAMPA — A new study eventually could lead to better traffic flow on Fowler Avenue while offering a variety of transportation options.

    Fowler Avenue is a main corridor in the university area and could see changes in the future, perhaps even elevated lanes. [LENORA LAKE   |   Special to the Times]
  2. Joe Henderson: Low-attendance Athletics fund own stadium, how about Rays?

    Columns

    I would like to believe what Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said about a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg talks with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred before the start of a game at  Tropicana Field, a venue both men want out of. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times (2016)]

  3. Temple Terrace picks Paragon for redevelopment area

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — City Council members have put off building apartments on its downtown redevelopment property for the time being and have unanimously chosen a bank and retail stores on the corner of Bullard Parkway and 56th Street.

    Temple Terrace Council member David Pogorilich questioned the wisdom of using most of the space in the sector north of Winn-Dixie before seeing if the Paragon project on the corner could attract even more retail stores.
  4. Holiday-themed events dot the East Hillsborough landscape

    Events

    East Hillsborough residents will have three holiday-themed events to help brighten the season this year.

    The Christmas elves Holly and Dolly will be on hand to greet visitors at Christmas Lane in Plant City.
  5. Sunday Conversation: Tona Bell invites customers to enjoy a 'digital detox'

    Business

    Like so many small businesses, Saturday will represent a special day for Paper Seahorse owner Tona Bell. Bell's cozy bungalow business at 211 S Howard features paper and stationery, specialty pens, vintage typewriters and crafts classes. It will offer a number of specials for what's officially dubbed "Small Business …

    Tona Bell traces her fascination with writing, pens and stationery back to her childhood. She now owns the Paper Seahorse in SoHo.
  6. Epilogue: Hermanda DeRoos O'Connor, social grand dame 1939-2017

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Had she known she would be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at age 66, Hermanda de Roos O'Connor would have organized a gala or fashionable fundraiser every day of the week to fund a cure.

    Tampa social grande dame Hermanda deRoos O’Connor died Sept. 4, 2017 of complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
  7. A retail outlet guide to Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping

    News

    For those who plan to flock to the area's major retail outlets during the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend, here's a roundup of their holiday plans.

    International Plaza

    Customers spilled into clothing store Aeropostale inside Westfield Brandon Mall during Black Friday last year. Most area retail outlets are hoping for a strong turnout this year on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) and Black Friday.
  8. Making it in America, Ybor(w/video)

    Human Interest

    The first cigar rolled in Tampa's Ybor city in 1885 marked the beginning of one of Florida's

    most famed immigrant enclaves.

  9. William March: Why Jose Vazquez had to campaign from a prison cell

    Politics

    Jose Vazquez, Democratic nominee in the Dec. 19 state House District 58 special election, doesn't seem like a criminal.

    Jose Vazquez, who worked in politics in Puerto Rico, blames his legal problems on factors including his unfamiliarity with Florida driving laws. [Times file]
  10. Editorial: It's time to renew community's commitment to Tampa Theatre

    Editorials

    New attention to downtown Tampa as a place to live, work and play is transforming the area at a dizzying pace. Credit goes to recent projects, both public and private, such as the Tampa River Walk, new residential towers, a University of South Florida health center, Water Works Park, and the new community crossroads of …

    A freshly painted griffin adorns the upper lobby of the Tampa Theatre, now underghoing a $6 million renovation that includes replacing all 1,41o seats. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]